Juice Guard Showcases Skills At The Rumble

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story on Russell Smith, a guard who played at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York this past season ... Smith played for the Juice this weekend at the Rumble in the Bronx ...

Russell Smith, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound combo guard who played for Jack Curran's Molloy Stanners this past season, competed this past weekend at the Rumble in the Bronx for the Juice All Stars.

Smith, who has the ability to produce points in bunches, helped Tiny Morton's AAU program advance to the quarterfinals of the gold category before being beaten by the California Supreme, 100-81.

While he is done at Molloy, Smith will take his individual game to South Kent in Connecticut for a prep year. He is an outstanding offensive player. "The summer is a chance to improve your game," Smith said. "I'm also trying to get stronger."

While the Juice didn't win their quarterfinal playoff game, Smith showed flashes of brilliance on the offensive side. He scored 27 points, including three three-pointers.


A superlative scorer around the rim, Smith has a knack for finishing tough drives. He is capable of taking over games with his scoring, and does the majority of his damage within 12 feet of the hoop. He is able to break down defenders with his dribble and get into the lane for floaters or runners.

Smith needs to improve his ability to run a team, get others involved, and work at elevating the games of those around him. He also needs to improve his consistency shooting the ball and his shot selection.

*During his playoff game Sunday, we were happy to see, especially in the first half, that Smith moved the ball effectively around the perimeter. He rotated the ball smartly and make good basketball decisions.

When the Juice fell behind, Smith did change his philosophy by taking his shot more. This is understandable since the Juice needed points in a hurry.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST; Rutgers, DePaul, Louisville, Virginia, Connecticut, Notre Dame, and DePaul. "I'm wide open," Smith said.

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